May 14, 2020 at 8:36 a.m. EDT
The flood of new claims threatens to add to the tension between President Trump and public-health officials over how quickly to try and restart parts of the economy, with Trump on Thursday alleging that some Democrats are trying to slow the process down in order to hurt him politically.
“The less successful we are in reopening, the better they are, maybe for an election," the president said during an interview on Fox News. "They would rather see our country fail, and you know what that means, because part of failure is death, than have me get elected.”
3 million Americans filed jobless claims last week, pushing eight-week total to 36.5 million - The Washington Post